TEN4SE7EN: Episode 5

Me and Music Like Dirt are off to Poland today to see Kraftwerk in the splendour of an old steelmill.  Sounds like the perfect setting to me.  Before I go, here are ten more tunes that’ve been tickling my taste buds over the past week.  Ten more when I come back.

‘Boy, Did She Teach You Nothing?’ marks the return of one of my favourite bands, Absentee.  As always Dan Michelson’s devilishly deep vocals are brilliantly contrasted with catchy Pop-Rock with a hint of Bloc Party.

Ben Mono’s new single, ‘Jesus Was A B-Boy’ has music that conjures up the image of a skeleton band that’ve risen from the dead driven by a desire to lay down a clinking beat for Jemeni to speak over.  Her lyrics about the son-of-man using his wood-working skills to make skateboards, rival ‘Losing My Edge’

Boston Spaceships’ new album ‘Brown Submarine’ is shear pleasure from start to finish.  One of the highlights, ‘Ate It Twice’ is an odd lo-fi Pop-Rock that resembles a tragically lost Roxy Music demo.

Punk-Funk music, check.  Robert Smith vocals, check.  Then we’ve got lift off for this addictive track from Friendly Fires called ‘Skeleton Boy’.

‘In This City’ is lovely summery Indie from Iglu & Hartly.  You’ll be whistling along and bobbing your head when suddenly the Rap bit comes in just to surprise you.

The ludicrously titled ‘All The Blowing-Themselves-Up Motherfuckers (Will Realise The Minute They Die That They Were Suckers)’ is from Julian Cope’s new ‘Black Sheep’ album.  It resembles a terrifically unhinged cover of ‘The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill’ performed by John Cale.

Little Jackie’s string drenched ’28 Butts’ is made for listening to on the radio, while drenched in glorious sunshine.  Unfortunately it’s pissing down outside but hey, this is still great Reggae-Pop-Hop.

With a memorable spiky Guitar-Riff, a hint of the Pixies and a bit of a mellow Air vibe, Mason Proper’s ‘Lock & Key’ is a great Indie song.

Pets’ new single ‘A Good Day For Telling Lies’ brings to mind fellow Indie-Pop weirdos The Spinto Band.  Banjos are plucked, Guitars are strummed and Horns glide.

I just got a copy of the sumptuous CD Re-Issue of Sixto Rodriguez’s cult-classic 1970 album ‘Cold Fact’.  I recommend you do the same because every track is brilliant and each sounds quite different (Although the influences on display are primarily Dylan, Donovan and Santana). I had to pick just one track, so I went for the subtly anthemic closing trackSixto ‘Jane S. Piddy’.


Absentee MySpace / Purchase
Ben Mono MySpace / Purchase
Boston Spaceships MySpace / Purchase
Friendly Fires MySpace / Purchase
Iglu & Hartly MySpace / Purchase
Julian Cope MySpace / Purchase
Little Jackie MySpace / Purchase
Mason Proper MySpace / Purchase
Pets MySpace / Purchase
Rodriguez MySpace / Purchase

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